June 11, 2016 |
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing on a varied schedule through June 26, Arden Theatre , 40 N. Second St. $15 to $46. 215-922-1122. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's 1989 musical tells the story of an orphan girl who is sent to live with her strange uncle in a haunted manor house in the Yorkshire moors. Given that it has the usual Victorian children's-story horrors (though with the usual happy ending shining through the gloom)
June 6, 2016
Historic Philadelphia Inc. held its eighth annual Evening in Franklin Square on May 19, which included programs at the Betsy Ross House, Once Upon a Nation storytelling, and several walking tours. More than 450 guests enjoyed cocktails amid the lights of the Chinese Lantern Festival, as well as silent and live auctions, sit-down dinner, and dancing to the band Jellyroll. The $160,000 raised will be used to help maintain safe green space, signature attractions, and free programs.
May 7, 2016
Given its outsize notoriety, it's worth noting that the cloth-draped chain-link fence corralling Franklin Square for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is not exactly the Great Wall. But it has caused great controversy for some good reasons. For all the suddenness with which the fence separated one of William Penn's five original squares from his "greene country towne," it's the result of a gradual accumulation of private prerogatives in public parks. Historic Philadelphia Inc., the nonprofit to which the then-shabby square was turned over a decade ago, has transformed it into a delightful urban oasis partly by virtue of money-making concessions such as a burger stand, an old-fashioned carousel, and a miniature golf course bearing adorable dollhouse versions of Philadelphia monuments.
April 21, 2016 |
Get a kick out of this: 57 painted fiberglass donkeys are coming to town. The Democratic National Convention's host committee announced Tuesday that the painted donkeys - representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Democrats abroad - will be scattered across Center City to drum up excitement for the convention and draw tourists to different parts of town. "It did come out of my fertile and overactive mind, but it had some rational basis," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the host committee, at a news conference announcing the donkeys.
March 3, 2016 |
While the Founding Fathers toiled in Independence Hall and young patriots fought the British, most Colonial women took charge on the domestic front - and running a household in the 18th century was no easy thing. Clothes and bedding needed to be hand-sewn. With no refrigeration, foods had to be butchered, pickled, preserved. Laundry took three days and required hauling water, scrubbing with lye, and hours of ironing. These domestic jobs, often overlooked, are now being highlighted at the Betsy Ross House through a new, permanent exhibit, "Women at Work in Revolutionary America.
August 6, 2015 |
Seven-year-old Joanna Harris loves to tell stories, ones already written and ones she writes herself. When many of her classmates decided to rehash Disney movies during a school program, she wrote "Ocean Tale," a harrowing adventure featuring two mermaids almost captured by an evil fisherman. (Spoiler alert: Surfer Girl saves the day.) Then the Paoli girl and her family spent July 4 visiting all 10 Once Upon a Nation storytelling benches around Independence Hall, where they learned the program was sponsoring a contest to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
July 6, 2015 |
Bill Robling leaned on his eagle-headed walking stick in front of his office in the Historic Philadelphia Center. He wore summer business attire: linen frock coat and cream-colored cravat. Tricorn hat. Bifocals, of course. Robling is Ben Franklin. His office a canvas theatrical set. A quill pen. A writing table. A kite near the windowsill. "Goodness, welcome," he greeted the Cyruliks, a family of six from Mount Pulaski, Ill. "Oh, here, why don't you stand with Benjamin?"
July 4, 2015 |
Sure, the local recruiting office for S.H.I.E.L.D. (code name: the Marvel Experience) at Lincoln Financial Field (fan name: the Linc) has had some glitches (we blame Hydra). But you can't keep heroes down. We figure (well, we hope ) the technical difficulties are cleared up, and we can all get back to the business of saving the world. The "Hyper Reality tour" takes place in domes with games; props; and 3-D, 360-degree video screens in which the S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit (that's you)
July 4, 2015 |
As the clock tower at Independence Hall struck 3 on a Thursday afternoon, Continental Army trooper Robert Hare stood next door in Signer's Garden, enlisting volunteers for the impending Revolution. The new soldiers, some missing front teeth, others waving flags taller than they were, headed down Fifth Street to the beat of Hare's drum. Historic Philadelphia's twice-a-day reenactment of a military muster is just a small part of its successful Once Upon a Nation program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer.
June 26, 2015 |
Carey-ing on . . . A king of improv comedy, funnyman Drew Carey surprised several people yesterday when he showed up unannounced at some public places around town. Carey made his first appearance Tuesday night at Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd St.) in Old City with a lady friend, where he ate the adobo-rubbed 12 oz. Black Angus sirloin steak and a side of grilled broccoli. He opted for bottled water. I'm told Carey drinks only water - no carbs - as part of his diet. My sources say he finished everything on his plate and left the server a 200 percent tip. Then, yesterday, among other stops, it was off to the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St.)